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The student news site of Carlmont High School in Belmont, California.

Scot Scoop News

The student news site of Carlmont High School in Belmont, California.

Scot Scoop News

Amber Chia

Amber Chia, Staff Writer

Amber Chia is a senior at Carlmont High School. She is a Managing Editor for Carlmont's newsmagazine, Highlander, as well as a staff writer for Scot Scoop. She is also a student columnist and intern at the San Mateo Daily Journal. She enjoys covering topics that simultaneously reveal personal stories from her community. On her free time, she enjoys spending time with her friends and family as well as going to the beach. Click here to check out her portfolio.

Twitter: @amberchia12

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Kelly Liu, the owner of Oh Honey Bakery, helps package the macarons for a customer

Bakers turn hobby into career

December 12, 2021

While scrolling through her YouTube explore page, Kelly Liu found herself clicking on a recipe tutorial for baking cream puffs. Inspired by the videos, Liu decided to attempt the recipe in her kitchen,...

A customer approaches the Fish Wife Sweets stall at the Harvard Market located in Half Moon Bay.

Family traditions inspire success of Fish Wife Sweets

November 20, 2021

Nicole Yarovoy, a senior at Carlmont High School, approaches a wooden stall decorated with a bright blue sign that read "Fish Wife Sweets." Upon looking at the treats displayed in the front, she decides...

Imposter Syndrome forces individuals to feel a need to hide the fact that they dont belong.

An invisible mask

November 3, 2021

Upon opening her inbox, she sees an unread email with the subject title "Internship Application Update." She clicks the email expecting a rejection letter. To her surprise, the message read, "Congratulations!...

The Fog City Flea market is opened every Saturday and Sunday from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and on Fridays from 3:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the Ferry Building Marketplace located in San Francisco, CA.

Fog City Flea market fosters community

October 31, 2021

As Cierra Dinnen, a San Francisco resident, goes on her daily morning walk, she sees a sign that reads "Fog City Flea" pointing towards the iconic Ferry Building Marketplace. Intrigued and wishing to find...

Wat Buddhapradeep has three locations, including one located at 310 Poplar Avenue San Bruno, CA 94066.

Buddhist temple Wat Buddhapradeep serves up authentic Thai food

October 7, 2021

A deep red-colored felt sign imprinted with "Wat Buddhapradeep" hangs across the canary yellow painted walls of the house. An array of vibrant green, orange, and yellow desserts displayed on the table...

Carlmont Shopping Center sign describes rules for patrons.

[Photo] Students aid regrowth of local businesses

September 21, 2021

Carlmont Shopping Center sign describes rules for patrons.

Yulias Skin Care is located on 1365 Laurel St, San Carlos, CA 94070

Yulia’s Skin Care’s hospitality attracts customers

September 15, 2021

Walking into Yulia's Skin Care in the heart of San Carlos, one feels the welcoming atmosphere elicited through the lavender walls ornamented with photos of orchids. Customers are warmly welcomed by Julia...

University of California, Los Angeles received a 28% increase in freshman applicants. This year, they had 139, 500 freshman applicants, making it the most applied university in the nation.

Passionate applicants stand out during UC’s 2021 admissions process

May 6, 2021

As a high school student scrolls through TikTok in mid-March, they watch an overwhelming amount of students get rejected from the various University of California colleges. Later that month, the statistics...

Over 20% of the American population is comprised of minorities. Yet, many minorities who grew up in America feel a lack of belonging due to their different physical appearances.

Opinion: There is a proper way to ask for someone’s ethnicity

April 15, 2021

When I was in the fourth grade, I vividly remember a classmate asking me, "Where are you from?" Before I could respond with San Francisco, they proceeded to play the guessing game of various races and...

The Women of the Resistance mural, found in Balmy Alley in San Francisco, Calif., depicts women activists around the world uniting. The artists of this mural are Adriana Adams, Erika Gomez-Henao, Sonia Molina, Michelle Rios, and Yasmine Madriz.

The weight of the world

March 30, 2021

On May 25, 2020, a police officer pinned George Floyd down with his knee on his neck for over eight minutes in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Floyd was later pronounced dead from suffocation. On March 16,...

The culture contains the seed of resistance is located in Balmy Alley and was painted by OBrien Thiele and Miranda Bergman in 1984.

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March 30, 2021

"The culture contains the seed of resistance" is located in Balmy Alley and was painted by O'Brien Thiele and Miranda Bergman in 1984.

Muralist Simone Star Weit painted this mural, Antepasadas (Ancestors), to pay homage to the Mission District, which is rich in Hispanic culture. This mural is located at Balmy Alley in San Francisco, Calif.

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March 30, 2021

Muralist Simone Star Weit painted this mural, "Antepasadas" (Ancestors), to pay homage to the Mission District, which is rich in Hispanic culture. This mural is located at Balmy Alley in San Francisco,...

The We Want: Respect, Freedom, Land, Housing, Bread, Justice, Peace is a mural located in Clarion Alley in San Francisco, Calif. It was painted by Emory Douglas, Clarence Robbs, and David Petrelli.

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March 30, 2021

The "We Want: Respect, Freedom, Land, Housing, Bread, Justice, Peace" is a mural located in Clarion Alley in San Francisco, Calif. It was painted by Emory Douglas, Clarence Robbs, and David Petrelli.

Painted by artist Simon Norris, the Hella Resist mural depicts the importance of advocating against injustices. This mural is located at Clarion Alley in San Francisco, Calif.

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March 30, 2021

Painted by artist Simon Norris, the "Hella Resist" mural depicts the importance of advocating against injustices. This mural is located at Clarion Alley in San Francisco, Calif.

Stop AAPI Hate was originally created to fight against racial injustices, specifically in the Asian American and Pacific Islander community.

Stop AAPI Hate advocates against racial injustice

January 27, 2021

As a young girl scrolls through her news feed, she stumbles across an article regarding the surging number of hate crimes towards Asians due to the COVID-19 outbreak. As she continues reading, she realizes...

People become exhausted by constantly chasing societys impossible standards of success

The Silent Competition

December 19, 2020

After congratulating her squealing friend over their new internship, she hangs up, staring at the letter in her hand. "Although your background and qualifications are impressive, we do not have an appropriate...

Joshua Sun, a junior and employee at CVS Pharmacy, checks a customer out while following the appropriate safety precautions.

Teenagers experience their first jobs during a pandemic

October 1, 2020

After spending copious hours with her Xbox, she decided to use this extensive amount of free time on her hands as an opportunity to search for a job. She furiously types "jobs near me" into Google.  After...

With remote learning in action, playgrounds at Fox elementary are also temporarily closed.

Distance learning forces elementary students to adapt quickly

September 16, 2020

A young girl eagerly waits for her first day of kindergarten to arrive. She vividly imagines television-like scenarios of how her first day of school would play out. Her school supplies were purchased...

With remote learning in action, playgrounds at Fox elementary are also temporarily closed.

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September 16, 2020

With remote learning in action, playgrounds at Fox elementary are also temporarily closed.

Due to the current health concerns, limited social interaction is advised. This includes family members who are considered high risk.

[Photo] Opinion: COVID-19 has taught us gratitude

December 31, 1969

Due to the current health concerns, limited social interaction is advised. This includes family members who are considered high risk.

Due to the current health concerns, limited social interaction is advised. This includes family members who are considered high risk.

Opinion: COVID-19 has taught us gratitude

September 1, 2020

As I reach for the rear mirror in search of the most essential piece of cloth of 2020, I realize nothing is hanging around it. I sigh as I release my parking brake and make the journey home to retrieve...

These are the first seven princesses that starred in Disney movies.

Opinion: Disney promotes unrealistic body standards

April 26, 2020

Disney princesses.  These iconic characters have immensely impacted almost every girl’s childhood. Every girl has probably crawled into bed, wearing a princess costume, as they drifted into a dream...

An abundance of  kouign-amann are sold daily. However, B. Patisserie has decided to shut down their bakery temporarily.

Bakeries adjust to bring joy during COVID-19

March 27, 2020

The sweet smell of vanilla, apricot, and almond wafts through the crisp morning air in San Francisco, California. A woman beams as she walks out of Dianda’s Bakery with her daily order of an apricot...

Madeleine Cunningham and Makya Whiting show their insulin pump and glucose tablets.

The truth behind Type 1

March 10, 2020

When most people hear the word diabetes, they think of a self-inflicted condition caused by an unhealthy diet. However, that is not the case when it comes to Type 1.

Salesforce is a data base company located in San Francisco, Calif. The Salesforce tower stands at 1070 feet, making it the tallest skyscraper in the Bay Area.

Females encouraged in engineering fields to close gender gap

March 6, 2020

Thirteen percent. That's it. Although engineering is one of the most rapidly growing industries, it still lacks female representation with only 13% of the industry being comprised of women. Nicole Yarovoy...

A performer performs a traditional Chinese  dance at the annual Redwood City Chinese New Year event.

Cultural identity fades due to lack of preservation

February 7, 2020

Families gather around the table, devouring the plentiful amount of food that symbolizes the wealth and prosperity the upcoming year will bring. Children receive their yearly allowance from their relatives...

Stanford is ranked as the sixth best university in America.

Emphasis on name-brand colleges causes pressure for students

January 18, 2020

The long-awaited letter that would ultimately determine his future arrived in his mailbox. His hands shook as he slowly tore the envelope open, hoping his stats were competitive enough for him to receive...

Whiting looks to pass the ball to an open player.

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March 10, 2020

Whiting looks to pass the ball to an open player.

Makya Whiting guards her opponent during an intense  basketball game.

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March 10, 2020

Makya Whiting guards her opponent during an intense basketball game.

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March 10, 2020

Whiting runs down the court as the team gains possession of the ball.

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March 10, 2020

Whiting runs down the court as the team gains possession of the ball.

Cunningham dribbles the ball down the field as she looks for an open pass.

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March 10, 2020

Cunningham dribbles the ball down the field as she looks for an open pass.

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March 10, 2020

Madeleine Cunningham chases her opponent down the field.

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March 10, 2020

Madeleine Cunningham chases her opponent down the field.

Nicole Yaravoy, a sophomore, sets the ball back to the opposing team.

Season recap: the ups and downs of JV girls volleyball

November 7, 2019

Rebecca Acker, a junior, attacks the ball, scoring the last point of the season. The JV girls volleyball team huddles in the center of the court as they cheer “good game” for the very last time of...

After losing a few points in a row, Nadia Fedotova, Keani Haake, and Chianti Raddavero focus on the next point.

[Photo] Athletes push through mental barriers

November 9, 2019

After losing a few points in a row, Nadia Fedotova, Keani Haake, and Chianti Raddavero focus on the next point.

Sophomore Milo Lee finds an open teammate to pass the ball to.

Girls JV water polo suffers disheartening loss to Half Moon Bay

October 18, 2019

The girls JV water polo team lost to the Half Moon Bay Cougars in a quick 5-4 game which lasted less than an hour. Before the game, Carlmont's girls varsity water polo team beat the Cougars in eight...

Claire Tseng, a sophomore,    spikes the ball in the first set.

Girls JV volleyball dominates Tigers

September 25, 2019

The Carlmont JV volleyball team defeated the Terra Nova Tigers after just two sets, giving the Scots a 3-1 winning record despite not having their regular coach. Heading into the game, the Scots knew...

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